Okanagan Sun suspend all team-related activities

Sun suspend activities

The Okanagan Sun are the latest sports team to curtail all team-related activities.

The BC Football Conference team has taken the measure for the safety of players, coaches and families as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a statement Monday evening, the club said in part:

"We fully support our local, provincial and national governing bodies in all efforts to slow down and eliminate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Complying with recommendations and guidelines allows us to do our part."

It went on to say:

"Local business is an integral part of our community and just as much as we rely on them, they rely on us. Let's all be #OKANAGANSTRONG #OKANAGANCOMMUNITY . During this time of uncertainty, the Okanagan Sun family would like to remind everyone to support local businesses in OUR community.

"Situations like these put not only a personal and emotional strain on individuals and families, but can put a financial stress on everyone.

"We would also like to express our sincere appreciation for doctors, nurses, first responders, volunteers, our community politicians and all of the many others that continue to work to help us through this difficult time, making every effort to protect our safety. Please adhere to all guidelines and recommendations."

Daniel Townsend named offensive all-Canadian

Sun earn offensive all-star

The Okanagan Sun managed to place just one player on the CJFL Offensive All-Canadian squad.

Offensive lineman Daniel Townsend was named an all-Canadian.

The 21-year-old is in his second season with the Sun.

Townsend was one of four BC Football Conference players named an offensive all-Canadian.

He's joined by:

  • Lineman Nikos Lazarakis – Langley Rams
  • Receiver North Rainey – VI Raiders
  • Running back Andrew Pocrnic – Langley Rams

Yesterday, the Sun lineman Cory McCoy and linebacker Tyler Going were named CJFL Defensive All-Canadians.

Major CJFL awards will be announced Friday evening, prior to the 115th Canadian Bowl in Langley between the Rams and Saskatoon Hilltops.

Two Okanagan Sun named defensive all-Canadians

2 Sun named all-Canadian

Some personal accolades for two members of the Okanagan Sun defensive front seven.

Defensive lineman Cory McCoy and linebacker Tyler Going were named CJFL Defensive All-Canadians Wednesday.

McCoy, who graduated from the club at the end of the season, had 19 tackles, four sacks and knocked down one pass.

Going, 20, amassed 32 tackles, five assisted tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, two interceptions and knocked down two passes.

They join four other BCFC players on the all-Canadian squad.

The other league members include:

  • Defensive back Kyle Clarot – Langley Rams
  • Defensive back Maleek Womack – Westshore Rebels
  • Punter Nik Hunchak – VI Raiders
  • Kick returner Brandon Poulin – Valley Huskers

The offensive all-Canadians will be named Thursday.

The 112th Canadian Bowl between the Langley Rams and Saskatoon Hilltops kicks off a 1 p.m. Saturday in Langley.


The Okanagan Sun season came to a close in a semi-final loss

Sun season sets in Langley

A disappointing season for the Okanagan Sun came to a close Saturday evening in Langley.

The unbeaten Rams, as expected, took down the Sun 45-15 in the first of two BCFC semi-finals.

The Sun also lost the services of first-year quarterback Alex Douglas who was taken off the field on a stretcher after taking a hit on an interception late in the third quarter.

Rookie Dominic Britton finished the final quarter.

The Sun got the first break of the game, when Miguel Woods scooped up a loose ball after the Rams fumbled the opening kickoff. From the 35, it took Douglas just three plays to find Kyle Zakala for a 25-year strike and a 7-0 lead before many fans had been able to find their seats.

From there, most of the breaks went the Rams way.

Behind all-everything running back Andrew Porcnic, the Rams gave the Sun defence a steady diet of ground and pound.

The Rams ran 27 plays on the next two possessions, throwing the ball just once. That was an incompletion on a second and 25 that resulted in a roughing-the-passer penalty and a first down.

Langley scored on both of those, a one-yard Colby Peters run and Porcnic's 18-yard scamper on a second and goal from the 18.

Two possessions later, Peters connected on a 30-yard touchdown strike to Khalik Johnson to put the Sun down two scores.

The Sun meantime did very little offensively after their scoring drive, picking up less than 70 yards in total offence.

Things didn't go much better after halftime.

The Sun got good field position at their 40 off the second half kickoff, but Douglas' first pass of the half was intercepted, the first of four picks he threw in the quarter.

That led to a field goal. On the ensuing possession, Douglas was again picked on second and long, setting up Porcnic's second touchdown of the game from 14 yards out.

Douglas was able to engineer one touchdown drive in the third, an eight-play, 80-yard drive culminating in a six-yard toss to rookie Kaden Wagner.

An interception return for a touchdown from Ryan Barthelson when Douglas was hurt, and Johnson's second strike from Peters closed out the scoring.

It was a difficult season for the Sun, who had their struggles with a lot of fresh faces on the offence, and long-term injuries to key players.

The Okanagan Sun saw their hopes of finishing above 500 dashed

Rain washes out Sun

Playing in a steady downpour for much of the game, neither the Okanagan Sun nor the Westshore Rebels were able to make much happen offensively.

But, it was the Rebels who were able to make the most of their opportunities, beating the Sun 16-9 in Langford Sunday.

The win means the Rebels will host the VI Raiders in one semi-final next weekend, while the Sun travel to Langley to face the 10-0 Rams in the other.

All the Sun points came from special teams.

Kicker Isaac Wegner boomed a pair of singles, while defensive back Garrett Cape scooped up a blocked punt and scampered into the end zone with their only major of the afternoon.

Cape's touchdown, on the opening play of the second quarter, gave the Sun an 8-0 lead.

Unfortunately, the lead didn't last long.

Shawn Lal hooked up with Will Harris for a long touchdown on the Rebels next possession to bring Westshore to within a single point.

Moments later, the Rebel had a chance to hit paydirt again after recovering a fumble at the Sun six. However, the defence held on third-and-one.

Three plays later, after failing to get out of the shadows of their goalpost, the Sun conceded a safety in punt formation, and the lead for good.

Offensively, the Sun were unable to pick up a first down in the first half, going two-and-out on seven of their possessions.

Back-up Zach Britton, who took over for the final two series of the first half, was able to generate some offence in the second half, mainly off the legs of running back Kelton Kouri.

The Rebels put the game all but out of reach late in the third when Zachary Lubin ran in from six yards after a muffed punt gave Westshore the ball at the six.

The Sun had one final chance when a short punt and penalty gave them the ball on the Rebels 37 with less than three minutes to go.

They were able to march inside the 20, but the drive stalled when Alex Douglas, who returned late in the game, was unable to connect in the end zone on third and seven.

The Rebels ran the clock out.

The Sun finished the season 5-5 while the Rebels went 8-2.

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